Mark Steil

Mark Steil

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
msteil@mpr.org


Mark Steil is based in Worthington, Minn., covering major changes in the economy and society of rural Minnesota for MPR News. Steil has worked for Minnesota Public Radio since 1978. Agriculture has been a major focus of his reporting; he's covered everything from the farm crisis of the 1980s to the corporate makeover of agriculture in the 1990s. Steil has also reported on population changes in southwest Minnesota, including the aging of rural Minnesota and the growth of minority populations there over the last decade.

Mark Steil Feature Archive

Unharvested corn
Minnesota corn farmers are expected to lose money this year. That's causing a lot of concern among farmers as they negotiate spring planting loans with lenders. (02/10/2015)
Solar panels in Pelican Rapids
The Marshall project, a 500-acre solar panel complex, is part of a state push to generate more electricity. But area residents say it is too much for a rural setting. (01/21/2015)
The frozen meal maker began operations in south central nearly two decades ago. (01/16/2015)
Low prices for corn and a smaller than expected harvest in 2014 have combined to cause a big drop in the value of Minnesota's largest cash crop. (01/13/2015)
From southwest Minnesota and across the state, greater Minnesota lawmakers have come to the Capitol hoping to help their communities. The new legislative session starts today. (01/06/2015)
Soldiers hanged 38 Dakota on Dec. 26, 1862, for alleged crimes committed in a six-week war the previous summer. (12/26/2014)
Congress blocked the EPA from adopting a proposed Clean Water Act Rule that would have allowed the agency to regulate areas that held water temporarily, including puddles. (12/18/2014)
Minnesota farm and business interests praised President Barack Obama's announcement of normalized relations with Cuba. But they said only ending the U.S. embargo of Cuba would bring real change. (12/17/2014)
The railroad blames heavy shipping demand and bad weather for significant rail shipping delays last winter -- delays that cost farmers, coal companies, utilities, and grain businesses hundreds of millions of dollars. (12/14/2014)
The number of farm loans requiring adjustments are at historic lows. But many crop farmers likely will lose money on their corn harvest this year because of low prices. (12/03/2014)
The main problem is corn, with about four percent of the state's crop still in the field. (11/29/2014)
Minnesota yields were below expectations in parts of state. But a big U.S. harvest has cut grain prices. Farmers are weighing how to cut costs next year. (11/09/2014)
Collisions between farm machinery and power poles seem to be on the rise in rural Minnesota. Some worry it's just a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt. (10/21/2014)
After months of complaints by farmers, grain shippers and others about lengthy railroad delays, another major industry is crying foul. (10/12/2014)
Farm groups complain about rail shipping delays, but some areas are much worse off than others. The longest delays are in North and South Dakota and western Minnesota. (10/05/2014)